New Delhi: Aerospace and defence manufacturing giant Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is preparing a roadmap for implementation of its dream project to produce the country’s first indigenously developed civilian passenger aircraft.
“The project is in the planning stage and a final roadmap is being prepared so that work on it could be started soon,” a top official in the state-run company said.
“It has been conceived as a dream project of HAL and we are in the process of finalizing the finer details,” he said.
The project is considered to be a major leap in India’s civil aviation sector and its successful completion would put the Bangalore-based PSU in the league of some of the leading global players.
The official said that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be involved in the ambitious project.
“The CSIR and DRDO will also play an active role in the project,” he said.
He said: “HAL may seek foreign cooperation in certain areas to develop the new 70 to 100 seater aircraft but insisted that it will be a purely indigenous product.”
Asked whether HAL was seeking help from Canada’s Bombardier or Brazil’s Embraer, he said that it was too early to comment on it.
“It is too premature to comment on it. But definitely we may seek cooperation from global players in certain areas,” he said.
The official informed that HAL may also involve renowned design houses from abroad to design the aircraft.